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Lost in Translation? Teacher Training and Outcomes in High School Economics Classes

  • Valletta, Robert G.

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)

  • Hoff, K. Jody

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)

  • Lopus, Jane S.

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    (California State University, East Bay)

Using data on 24 teachers and 982 students from a 2006 survey of California high school economics classes, we assess the effects of student and teacher characteristics on student achievement. We estimate value-added models of outcomes on multiple choice and essay exams, with matched classroom pairs for each teacher enabling random effects and fixed-effects estimation. Students' own and peer GPAs and their attitudes towards economics have the largest effects on value-added scores. We also find a substantial impact of specialized teacher experience and college-level coursework in economics, although the effects of the latter are positive for the multiple choice test and negative for the essay test.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6402.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Publication status: published in: Contemporary Economic Policy, 2014, 32(4)
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6402
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